The Public Interest

The monochrome society

Amitai Etzioni

Fall 1999

VARIOUS demographers and social scientists have been predicting for years that the end of the white majority in the United States is near, and that there will be a majority of minorities. The issue has moved to the center of American political discourse: CNN has broadcasted a special program on the subject; President Clinton has called attention to it in his national dialogue on race relations; and numerous books and articles in recent years have addressed Americas changing demography from vastly different—and frequently antagonistic—perspectives.

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